I had a goal last month (and frankly the month before too) to hang our family pictures. I got the big one on the wall but I hadn't hung any of the kids' yet. Sounds easy enough. But could I just hang them in regular frames? No. It had to turn into a project. I had to build frames, and paint them, and put a chevron pattern on them and distress them. This all took way longer than just "hanging pictures" would have. So once I finally got that all done and held them up against our cream colored walls in the living room, I realized that the room needed to be painted. Once again, not the most difficult thing. But wait, instead of just painting the whole room, I decided that now would be a good time to do the board and batten that I had planned on doing "someday" even before moving into this house. So I proceeded to do some drawing, measuring, buying wood, cutting and ripping some of the baseboards off (no turning back now). Really, that didn't take all that long. And just think how good the pictures would look in the living room after this was done. But when I went to paint the boards, my paint sprayer wouldn't work! Not even Jared has been able to fix it yet and that guy can fix anything, I tell you. So all this momentum I had was suddenly halted because of a broken paint sprayer. Ugh. (It really is hard to live without... I use it a lot!)
Here's a little preview of the frames I made.
I decided to make four bins labeled "Keep", "Donate", "Sell" and "Trash". This helped so much because I could make a quick decision and toss an item into one of these. Once they were full I emptied them. I think I've gone to the trash 5 o 6 times and to the car more times with the donate bin. It's such a good feeling! Every time I finished a space, it's like I cleared a space in my head as well. This keeps me motivated. Things may not look that much different on the outside, but I know that everything is organized on the inside, and that is a good feeling.
THEN maybe the living room project will get done and our pictures will finally get hung.
Hopefully they won't be outdated by then.
P.S. I just finished the basement :-)